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SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY ATTORNEY

MASSACHUSETTS SSDI LAW FIRM

Has a disability kept you from working? Social security disability benefits were designed to help those who are unable to work because of a disability. If you qualify, you could receive payments from the federal government. Increase your chances of succeeding by contacting an experienced Massachusetts social security attorney. 

APPLYING FOR SSDI CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The vast majority of the initial applicants are denied social security benefits: generally, between 65% and 70%. By working with an experienced Massachusetts social security lawyer, you can increase your chances of success because you will be working with someone who understands the criteria that the review board is looking for. The consequences of losing your social security claim can have serious consequences. Those who qualify get monthly payments to live off. In many cases, you can also get Medicare or Medicaid. These payments and other potential benefits often mean the difference between survival and homelessness for those suffering from disabilities.

If you think you can’t afford a social security attorney, think again. They’re not as expensive as you probably think. Why? Social Security attorneys only get paid if you get paid. This fee structure is called a contingency fee. Social Security regulations set a cap for attorney fees.  As of June 2009, the cap is $6,000. Also, attorneys can only receive their money from the past due benefits awarded to you, a max of 25%. So, the most a social security lawyer can charge is: the smaller amount of 25% of your past due benefits or $6,000. 

LIST OF DISABLING CONDITIONS THAT QUALIFY

The SSA's Listing of Impairments is generally broken down by bodily system or function. There are separate lists for adults and children under the age of 18. For adults, the medical conditions that qualify for SSDI include:

  • Musculoskeletal problems, such as back conditions and other dysfunctions of the joints and bones

  • Senses and speech issues, such as vision and hearing loss

  • Respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis

  • Cardiovascular conditions, such as chronic heart failure or coronary artery disease

  • Digestive tract problems, such as liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

  • Neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy

  • Blood disorders, such as sickle cell disease or hemophilia

  • Mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, or intellectual disability

  • Immune system disorders, such as HIV/AIDS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney disease

The list of medical conditions for children is virtually identical to the list for adults. Growth impairment is the only medical condition covered for children that isn't covered for adults. For a complete list of impairments, both adults and children, including detailed evaluation methods, visit www.ssa.gov

Even if your medical condition isn't on the Listing of Impairments, you may still qualify for SSDI or SSI if certain criteria are met. To get a better of idea of whether you qualify for SSDI, contact our firm for a free case evaluation with a Social Security Disability Attorney. 

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